'''Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen''', born '''Nellie Walker''' (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance
. First working as a nurse
and a librarian
, she published two novels—''Quicksand'' (1928) and ''Passing (novel)|Passing
'' (1929)—and a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, she earned recognition by her contemporaries. A revival of interest in her writing has occurred since the late twentieth century, when issues of racial and sexual identity have been studied. Her works have been the subjects of numerous academic studies.